Hello, I'm
Clayton Landiss.

Custom solutions specialist for live experience production.

My passion for design and technology comes from a love of visually stunning imagery, dynamic storytelling, and immersive environments.  My work has been featured at events from galas to graduations, music festivals to weddings, theatrical stage to screen, and more.  In addition to breathing life into experiential production, I am an avid d.i.y. expert and can just as soon be found building a bicycle as restoring a 1950's era camper.  I enjoy rock climbing, gardening, and I can currently be found living in Brooklyn, NY with my wife, Kristin, and pets, Archer and Olafur.

Education & Certifications

  • BFA in Production Design; Belmont University

  • EOS Programming Expert; Electronic Theatre Controls

  • OSHA 30-Hour General Industry; Occupational Safety & Health Administration

  • TWIC Card; Transportation Security Administration

  • Safety Leadership; American Safety & Training

  • Crosby Rigging Operations; American Safety & Training

  • CM-ET Lodestar Maintenance; Columbus McKinnon Corporation

  • Aerial Boom Lift Operation; IVES Training Group

  • Advanced First Aid, CPR, & AED; American Safety & Training

  • COVID-19 Awareness; 360 Training


  • Console Programmer & Trainer

    • ETC EOS Family​

    • Grand MA2

    • Madrix

  • Vectorworks 2D & 3D

  • MA3D

  • SketchUp

  • Rendering

  • Hand Drafting

  • Carpentry

  • Electrics

  • Portable Power

  • Rigging

  • Pneumatics

  • Automated Control Systems

  • Aerial Work Platform Operation

  • Climbing Instructor

Select Clientele

  • Disneyland

  • Hershey's Chocolate World

  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg

  • Westfield

  • Audible

  • Jägermeister

  • Red Bull

  • The Beach Boys

  • Musicians Hall of Fame

  • War Memorial Auditorium

  • Live on the Green Music Festival

  • Schermerhorn Symphony Center

  • Frist Art Museum

  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden

  • Vanderbilt University

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • Regional One Health Foundation

Work Experience

 RWS Entertainment Group

  Director of Technical Services (06/2020 - Present)

  Technical Director (12/2018 - 06/2020)

  • Technical director for experiential projects, architectural installations, special events, and live entertainment.

  • Oversee, educate, and mentor team of Technical Directors.

  • Ensure a safe environment at all project locations.

  • Coordinate schedules, resources, and communication.

  • Build and manage budgets and c cost estimates.

  • Ensure consistent quality of technical division output.

  • Develop and integrate a comprehensive entertainment product.

  • Subject matter expert for systems across North America.

  • Prepare documents and pricing for comprehensive bids.

  • Plan and supervise installation and strike of activations.

  • Specify and procure equipment, materials, machinery, and staff.

  • Negotiate and develop working relationships with vendors.

  • Provide creative solutions to keep projects on track and on budget.

  • Ensure activations work cohesively, efficiently, and safely.

  • Generate CAD drafting, construction drawings, and guidelines.

  • Develop and implement maintenance plans.

  • Provide remote support and training of client-provided staff.

  • Maintain appropriate prioritization across all projects.

  • Ultimately responsible for projects end results.


  Production Design, Drafting, and Lighting Direction  (01/2008 - Present)

  • Design lighting, scenic, and rigging systems for event production.

  • Draft and render systems for client approval and installation.

  • Provide aesthetic direction for variety of clients and price points.

  • Program, direct, and operate lighting consoles for video shoots, live performances, and special events.

 Bradfield Stage Lighting

  Production Designer & Draftsperson  (05/2015 - 12/2018)

  Crew Lead  (05/2011- 05/2015)

  • Design lighting aesthetics and systems for events ranging from intimate experiences to large festivals.

  • Calculate loads and design overhead rigging systems.

  • Draft production plots, cable distribution layouts, and installation instructions.

  • Generate equipment manifests and implementation plans.

  • Train technicians in all aspects of lighting and rigging.

  • Manage production crew including private and union labor.

  • Rig, inspect, and operate self-climbing roof systems.

  • Install, program, and operate lighting systems.

  • Operate boom and scissor lifts, generators, and 26' box truck.

  • Lighting Director for Live on the Green Music Festival (2014 - 2018).


 Ryman Auditorium

  Lighting Designer  (03/2015 - 12/2018)

  • Design lighting looks, program cues, and operate consoles for performances.

  • Interface with clients and create desired ambiance for events.

  • Integrate touring lighting packages and house lighting systems.

  • Supervise lighting installation, operation, strike, and restoration.

 Texas Scenic Company

  Rigging Installation Supervisor  (05/2016-12/2018)

  • Interpret rigging schedules and elevations.

  • Install new rigging systems and modify as needed onsite.

  • Inspect existing systems and recommend improvements.

  • Train clients on safety and proper use of rigging systems.